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Statement on Dobbs and Reproductive Justice


Today’s abomination has come about because of unprincipled and dishonest Justices.  Let’s finally abandon the fallacy that most Justices decide cases based on anything but their own – often warped — sense of right and wrong.  Clearly, we have a bunch of far-right, out-of-touch politicians at the Supreme Court.  They’re hurting people, polluting justice, and embarrassing the country.  Our judiciary should be populated with wise, compassionate, intelligent, and caring people, not the narrow-minded ideologues we have today.  Like so many thoughtless laws and policies, today’s decision will have a greater and more devastating impact on poor and marginalized people – the clients of the UJC.
Such a tragedy.

– Executive Director and Founder, Doug Lasdon

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Since our inception, UJC has been a proud supporter of the queer community. In this time of celebration and recognition of all the work that has been done – and all the work that remains to be done –  we continue to fight for the rights of all queer people to live with dignity.

We’re hiring a Director for our queer homeless youth project – find out more here!

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‘At Their Breaking Point’: Tenants Fight to Stay in Their Homes

June 24th, 2022|

New York Times

The dam will burst, said Raven S. Dorantes, a managing attorney of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project. It’s only a matter of time. “You are going to see a lot more folks at their breaking point,” she said.

Rikers Island, push for decarceration and a federal takeover?

June 23rd, 2022|

Amsterdam News

Criminal justice advocate Darren Mack, co-director of [UJC's] Freedom Agenda, said that Rikers should have closed a long time ago because no one is safe there. “We need immediate decarceration, like the effort we saw at the beginning of COVID-19, with action from judges, prosecutors, and the DOC commissioner with the support of the mayor,” said Mack. “Without that, they are choosing to let people die.”